Landing in London Gatwick, it was straight on to the Southern service (despite their recent strikes, I got lucky with a fast service).

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The dark tower on the left was my old workplace – beside the rather more glamorous Gherkin!

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There was just time to meet this rascal, Michael, for a catch-up!  With a fine tan from spending far too much time in the South of Spain!

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I was delighted to visit my favourite lunch-time haunt (with every other City worker) – Itsu.  Delicious sushi.  Yummmm.

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So I ordered my currency for this trip online.  I found I got a much better deal.  This looks like a LOT of money! It’s not, to be honest – just enough cash to pay for a taxi and meal in each location I will visit.  If it got nicked, it would be annoying but not the end of the world.

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Cash in pocket, it was back to the Aviva building to start to meet colleagues!

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The building went through a makeover last year (the lobby, at least) and it looks a lot better from outside.

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‘Former’ is better than ‘old’, isn’t it?  This is my FORMER colleague, Karen! She hates pictures and is holding a luscious gift bag over her face in which she had bought me a brilliant journal and pen for my travels!  You’ve got to love friends!

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Michael, Ange, Ajit and Ken led the charge for G&Ts at Revolution in the City.  Delicious! Great craic had by all!

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This venue must have been a bank in a former life – look at the size of that safe door!

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To end the night, it was on to Burger & Lobster for a sweet lobster brioche and fries!  Delicious!

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Day 1 was pretty crowded – let’s see how the rest of it goes!

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